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Aspiring writers learn a lot from the Greats. The forefather of modern fantasy J.R.R. Tolkien has influenced many authors with his Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and other works. You can also learn a lot from Tolkien’s life, from studying his habits and techniques that enabled him to write brilliantly.
Today marks the 115th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth. In his lifetime, Papa had quite a lot to say about writing. Here are 18 of our favorite quotes, in no particular order.
If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.
Nobel laureate John Steinbeck (1902-1968) might be best-known as the author of East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, and Of Mice and Men, but he was also a prolific letter-writer. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters constructs an alternative biography of the iconic author through some 850 of his most thoughtful, witty, honest, opinionated, vulnerable, and revealing letters to family, friends, his editor, and a circle of equally well-known and influential public figures.
When it comes to witty, often stinging put-downs in literature, Margaret Mitchell is the boss. A new poll of 2,000 adults crowned the late US author queen of the verbal “burn” for a famous line uttered by Rhett Butler in her 1936 classic Gone with the Wind.
What kind of a writer would Hemingway be if he were living today? Definitely a hard-drinking one, carousing all hours when he wasn’t dodging bullets in Syria or Iraq. He’d doubtless feature on Granta’s list of 20 best American writers under 40 – he was a mega star by 30. And he’d probably still be an inveterate womaniser.